Australian Homespun February 2017

Homespun magazine is a place of inspiration, it combines creative techniques with a vast array of styles and themes taken from a team of leading craftspeople throughout Australia and the world. Homespun is a publication that is at the forefront of the industry, made by people who are passionate about craft. Each issue of the magazine features step-by-step easy-to-follow project ideas and accompanying patterns sheets, a variety of crafts including quilts to bags to dolls, inspirational photographs of fantastic finished products plus interesting reads to engage and entertain. Purchase includes the Digital Edition and News Service. Please stay in touch via our Facebook Page.

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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
readers’ showcase

THIS MONTH’S WINNER Tessa Baker, from Mount Rankin, NSW, for her collection of projects: “Thanks for delivering such a great magazine month in and month out. I thought I’d share some projects I’ve completed: Pouch of Plenty, by Leanne Milsom, from December 2015 (Vol 16 No 12); the Turkish Delight ottoman, by Anthea Christian, from March 2016 (Vol 17 No 3) issue; the Bird Walk cushion, by Linda Guy, which was featured in the January issue (Vol 17 No 1); and Wodger the Wombat, by Pauline McArthur, from (Vol 14 No 1). And I’m loving doing Natalie Bird’s Foxley Village quilt (February – November 2016). It’s my first quilt, and what a stunner it is!” Congratulations to Tessa for her great efforts. As the winner this month, she will be receiving the following…

3 min
pin interest

COWBOY COUNTRY Feast your eyes on these sweet Northcott flannel fabric designs, called ‘Teepee Time’, designed by Deborah Edwards Northcott Studio and distributed locally by Lloyd Curzon Textiles: (08) 8362 2451,, Storybook native-American icons include teepees and feathers, bows and arrows. PIN WIZARD Is it a star? Is it a flower? No, it’s a pincushion made by Maryline Collioud-Robert. The thing we love most about it is its stuffed-full chunkiness, with a feeling that it would sit solidly in your hand or on your workroom table. If you want one, too, Maryline takes you through its step-by-step construction at Contact: Maryline Collioud-Robert, Mary and Patch, BEAUT UTE! Homespun wouldn’t normally cover the annual Deni Ute Muster, but the latest of these Deniliquin (NSW) festivals was a must for us crafty folk,…

2 min
diary dates

NSW – Sydney February 17-19 Castle Hill Castle Hill Stitch! By CraftAlive Castle Hill; Castle Hill Showgrounds, Doran Dr. A show dedicated to patchwork, knitting, embroidery and all things stitching, with products to buy, demos, workshops and much more. Open 9.30am-4pm. More information: Visit March 2-5 Rosehill Expertise Events Intocraft Live, Sydney; Rosehill Gardens Racecourse. Displays, textile art showcase, craft workshops and craft supplies to buy. Intocraft Live is devoted to creating an exciting and engaging experience for the modern maker and craft devotees. Open 10am-4.30pm. Entry $17-$20, book online to save. More information: NSW – Country March 10-12 Dubbo CraftAlive Dubbo; Dubbo Regional Theatre, 155 Darling St. Bringing together both talented interstate and local exhibitors, focusing on creative hand-finished products, DIY products, craft supplies, homewares and creative workshops. Open 10am-5pm. More information: Visit Vic – Melbourne February 28…

3 min
pattern & palette play

01 Art Gallery Fabrics ‘Avantgarde’ Steps Above Prism AVG-28900, designed by Katarina Roccella. Distributed by Craft Project – Charles Parsons. 02 Ella Blue Fabrics ‘Ella’s Basics’ Ticking Kingfisher TE2007T, designed by Emma Jean Jansen. Distributed by Craft Project – Charles Parsons. 03 RJR Fabrics ‘Between The Lines’ 2960/12, designed by RJR Studio. Distributed by Dayview Textiles. 04 Windham Fabrics ‘Candy Land’ 42213-1, designed by Another Point of View. Distributed by Leutenegger. 05 Robert Kaufman Fabrics ‘Blueberry Park’ RK15745372 (Bluegrass colourway), designed by Karen Lewis. Distributed by Two Green Zebras. 06 Moda Fabrics ‘Rainy Day’ 22295-16, designed by Me and My Sister Designs. Distributed by PK Fabrics. 07 Windham Fabrics ‘Candy Land’ 42213-4, designed by Another Point of View. Distributed by Leutenegger. 08 Ella Blue Fabrics ‘Mini Fun Fair’ Stripe Multi TE7015MB, designed by Melanie McNeice. Distributed by…

2 min
selvedge designer edge

HEATHER EVERITT When Heather Everitt visited an English-museum’s butterfly room, her embroidery style took flight. “Instead of the traditional Victorian displays of butterflies impaled with pins, they had a butterfly room with the gorgeous creatures cleverly suspended under Perspex so they looked as if they were flying.” And the spirit of their beauty captured Heather’s imagination and set in motion her own craft-art collection. “I see nature’s masterpieces and gasp. Making mine live up to that beauty is always nerve-racking,” says North Devon artist Heather. But her fabric creations have a splendour all their own, with jewel-coloured fabrics, touchable texture, intricate stitching and glittering beads. They come in various forms, from beauty and fashion accessories to room decorations. One or two pretty butterflies may alight on your hair or dress, for example, or…

15 min
part 1 going to the zoo, zoo, zoo PART 1: Zoo Entrance • Appliquéd zoo entrance sign • Embroidered ticket seller in her booth • ‘Open’ sign • Train stop with softie train • Central cafe umbrella pocket over kiosk Materials • 1.1m (1 1 / 4 yd) tan print fabric (A) – see Fabric Key • 1m (1 1 / 8 yd) grey print fabric (B) • 1m (1 1 / 8 yd) plain white fabric (X) • 40cm ( 1 / 2 yd) each of print fabrics in starfruit (C), sky blue (D) and banana (E) • Fat quarter each of print fabrics in mint green (F), grass green (G), cucumber green (H), satsuma (L) and black (S) • Fat eighth each of print fabrics in tomato red (I), cherry (J), magenta (K), bright yellow (M), lemon yellow (N), coral (O), peach (P), teal (Q), navy (R), licorice…